May 15, 2007:
Before the vote, [Peter] MacKay said Tory MPs would be happy to back the budget bill, but wouldn't be forced to vote that way.
"We won't throw a member out of caucus for voting his conscience,'' he said. "There will be no whipping, flipping, hiring or firing on budget votes as we saw with the Liberal government.''
Three weeks later:
Nova Scotia MP ejected from Tory caucus after voting against budget bill
... [Conservative MP Bill] Casey - one of the longest serving Tories in the House of Commons - was summarily ejected from the Conservative caucus hours after joining the Opposition Liberals and New Democrats in opposing the bill, which sets the March 19 budget into motion.
And the grand prize for unintentional hilarity:
"He knew the consequences of his action," said Government Whip Jay Hill.
Well, not if he believed that lying sack of shit Peter MacKay, he didn't. But I suspect we're just splitting hairs here, aren't we?
HOW EXACTLY DID YOU GET THAT DEGREE, JARRETT? Blogging Tory Jarrett Plonka makes one wonder how he got himself a history degree when he can't seem to remember what happened only last month:
Good for him. I know the Tories said free votes would be on everything except financial bills ...
A friendly piece of advice, Jarrett: When you start applying for a position as a historian, I wouldn't go using your blog as a supporting reference. I'm just sayin'.